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Several states saw wind gusts reach over 100 mph during Wednesday's storm system.
Storm spotters captured video of a tornado near the I-80 corridor in central Iowa.
For the first time since at least 1986, areas in southern Minnesota were placed under a tornado warning. The rotation in the storm was picked up on doppler radar. So far, there have been no reports that a tornado formed over the state.
Wind gusts of more than 70 mph brought down trees and powerlines in the Kansas City metro area.
A storm report into the National Weather Service notes that the roof of a hangar at Kansas City's Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport was ripped off during wind gusts up to 77 mph.
Strong winds, severe storms and thunderstorms knocked out power to over 303,174 homes and businesses.
New Mexico: 10,387
A line of severe storms has moved into central Iowa. Winds could reach more than 60 mph within the storms.
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch now covers a significant portion of Missouri until 12 a.m. CDT. The primary threats from the southern end of the storms are damaging winds.
Severe thunderstorms are pushing into the Kansas City metro with potentially damaging winds.
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Tornado Watches have been extended to include portions of the upper Mississippi River Valley. The alerts are in effect until midnight.
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Dark, ominous skies move into Des Moines, Iowa ahead of severe thunderstorms.
More than one dozen Severe Thunderstorm and Tornado Warnings stretch from Kansas to northern Iowa as a line of severe thunderstorms capable of damaging winds and tornadoes moves eastward.
Several parts of the state of Kansas are seeing poor air quality that ranges from unhealthy to hazardous. Meteorologists say the storm system is kicking up dust and other particulates into the air.
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Several reporting sites in Kansas reported wind gusts greater than 80 mph. The wind gusts are of the strength typically found in a category one hurricane.
A wind gust hit 82 mph in Sioux City, Iowa while the wind hit 74 mph in Omaha.
Ominous clouds are seen in Sloan, Iowa, where there is a Tornado Warning for the city.
The National Weather Service says that this storm has shown rotation.
Russell, Kansas has reported a peak gust of 100 mph, while Fort Riley had a gust of 94 mph.
A rain and snow squall moved through central Colorado on Wednesday afternoon. Jeff Dion captured timelapse video of the event.
Winds reached 93 mph in Lincoln, Nebraska as severe thunderstorms swept through.
About 160,000 people have lost power in stormy weather Wednesday, including about 103,000 in Colorado, according to poweroutage.us
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for has been issued for parts of Missouri and Kansas until 7 p.m. CDT. The Storm Prediction Center warns that wind could gust upwards of 70 mph.
Several damage reports recently came in from Aurora, CO.
A line of severe storms are currently moving through Nebraska and Kansas as this hour. The Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued due to 70mph wind gusts and nickel size hail.
From the National Weather Service: "Satellite imagery of this impressive wind storm. All the pink is dust. All the green are regular clouds. All the blue is ground. All the black are high clouds."
The National Weather Service out of Des Moines, Iowa, says that if any tornadoes were to form today, they could become in the EF-2 range due to the already present high winds.
"Should any tornadoes develop, it would not take a very strong rotation to push the wind on the right side of the tornado movement into the EF2 range considering any storm motion that would already be 80 mph," the NWS Des Moines says.
It is raining mud with showers amid a dust storm near Damar, Kansas, a spotter reports to the National Weather Service office in Goodland, Kansas.
UPDATE: Home blown off trailer along South Dakota's Highway 44 in Pennington County has been clear.
A tornado watch has been issued for parts of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota until 8 p.m. Central
New Mexico wind damage reports:
(Source: National Weather Service storm reports)
Taos: (5:15 a.m. PST) Radio tower downed taking out power lines for northern half of town. Mobile home blown off foundation along with another burned down. Several roofs blown off homes and businesses. Several trees down in the area blocking roads and on top of roads.
Santa Fe: (5:11 a.m. PST): Wind damage to parked aircraft at Santa Fe Airport. Large evergreen tree toppled outside of St. Francis Cathedral.
Jemez Springs (5:00 a.m. PST): Couple people hospitalized with injuries after trees fall around Jemez Springs and Valles Caldera National Preserve
Albuquerque South Valley (5:14 a.m. PST): Downed trees on homes.
Las Vegas (NM): 82 mph
Santa Fe: 70 mph
Roswell: 69 mph
Albuquerque: 55 mph
The Air Force Academy reported a wind gust of 100 mph at 11:18 a.m. MST.
The "Extremely Critical Risk" fire weather category has never been issued in December before.
This is by far the farthest north the Storm Prediction Center has ever posted a Moderate Risk in December
Pierceville, Kansas has reported a gust of 84 mph so far today. Goodland and Big Bow have both reported gusts of 73 mph.
Iowa State University will partially shut down at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 15 due to the forecast severe weather.
"Employees – especially those who commute from outside Ames – are urged to leave at noon and coordinate with their supervisors to work from home, take leave or make up time within the work week," according to a news release.
Several wind gusts over 75 mph have been reported in Colorado Wednesday morning, including 107 mph in Lamar and 91 mph in Westcliffe.
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